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Gary Slutkin

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Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague..To Cure It

(6) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 11:05 AM

God was punishing Europe. To the devout Christian populous in 14th century nothing else made sense. Twelve Genoese ships docked in Messina, Sicily in October 1347. Onboard the vessels' dying sailors writhed in agony as their bodies became marred with dark, black, swollen patches oozing blood and pus. The victims...

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A New Approach: L.A. and Chicago Successfully Lower Homicide Rates

(7) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 10:48 AM

At the start of 2011 we have great reason to celebrate, as homicides in the nation's two largest epicenters for violence -- Chicago and Los Angeles -- are at their lowest levels since the 1960s. In both cities, new strategies in violence prevention are being employed,...

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Pieces of the Behavior Change Puzzle

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 1:01 PM

Molly Melching had accomplished something remarkable in Senegal. She took a stubbornly ingrained cultural norm, one with 2,000 years of history woven into the very fabric of family practices and tribal custom, with dangerous consequences, and provided the tools to reverse it. Skeptics, some reacting with hostility, said...

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